The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows all its variety. Gleaming white cube houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectural flavour to the island towns.
The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sandy beaches. Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on the MS Panagiota and on your bike, as you imbibe the beauty of the Greek Aegean.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Athens (Piraeus) – embarkation
Individual journey to Athens Airport where our collective transfer will take you to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus close to Athens, only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens Airport.
Check-in from 2 p.m. on the Panagiota. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Piraeus.
Day 2: Island of Kythnos (approx. 25 km)
Cruise to the island of Kythnos which has been famous for its splendid cheese and honey since antiquity. A quiet, mostly flat island: the first tour begins in the harbour in Merichas and ends in Kythnos, the main town on the island, built in a typical Cycladian architectural style. Finally you will reach the bathing resort Loutra. Its thermal springs are said to have curing energy. In the afternoon the PANAGIOTA will take you to Seriphos. Overnight stay in Livadi.
Day 3: Island of Seriphos (approx. 20 km)
Seriphos is a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we will cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We will continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We will return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship will bring us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares.
Day 4: Siphnos (approx. 20 km)
The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, as its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon the ship will bring you to Syros, where you can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.
Day 5: Syros and Mykonos (approx. 30km)
We sail to the island of Syros and cycle from Ermoupolis to the peaceful fishing village of Kini, located in the western part of the island. You cycle back along the numerous bays of the coastline through the whole southern part of the island to its capital, Ermoupolis, where you stay for the night. The town is situated on two hills. It differs from other Cycladian towns because of its strong urban character. You can let the evening come to an end in one of the numerous cafés on the long harbour promenade.
In the afternoon you will continue by boat to Mykonos, where the picturesque main town with its famous windmills and its white cube form houses invites visitors to stroll through it. With a bit of luck you may even see the mascot of Mykonos in the maze of laneways, the pelican Petros.
Day 6: Delos-Tinos (approx. 25 km)
In the morning you have the chance to visit the important ancient sites on the island of Delos, where according to Greek mythology the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis were born. After lunch you will crossover to Tinos, where you will cycle along a high road to the mountain village of Kambos. Kambos is full of walled dove towers with their filigree architecture, which represent remnants from Venetian times. On the return journey you will visit the famous Evangelistria church in Tinos town.
Day 7: Kea (approx. 20 km)
In the morning the ship will bring you to Kea. The starting point for the tour of Kea, the most westerly inhabited Cyclade island, is the wonderful natural harbour of Korissia. From here you will begin your cycle tour to the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean will tempt you to a refreshing swim. The next stop is the picturesque main town of Ioulis which is situated in the mountains and has the main attraction on the island: The smiling lion of Kea which was chiseled from stone in the 6th Century B.C. At the end of the day we sail to Athens for our overnight stay in Piraeus.
Day 8: Departure (Piraeus)
We have breakfast and unload. Individual departure follows, or you can extend your holiday in Greece.
The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route, however in strong wind conditions the travel route may have to differ markedly from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads you into the Argosaronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Egina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved theatre in Greece.
RATING – Moderate to Hilly
The daily routes of 20 to 60 km cover partly hilly and mountainous terrain. You can expect some steep ascents. Most roads are asphalted. You can rest for a day or half day on the ship at any time.
Your 4**** Motor Sailer
The PANAGIOTA, our newest ship in Greece, is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. wide and 102 ft. long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises.
6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a French bed (4,6 ft. wide) , one single bed and private shower and toilet.
There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have their meals outside on the shaded rear deck. The spacious sun deck, equipped with mats, invites you to sun bath and to relax.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airport is Athens, just 25km from the port of Piraeus. Group collective transfers are available on embarkation and disembarkation days only. Contact us for rates.
A taxi ride to the port is an approx. cost of Euro 35.00.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
2017 Departure Dates: September 23
2018 Departure Dates: May 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9 Sep. 1, 8, 15, 22
|Price per person, double occ. in a below deck cabin||CAD||$2185|
|Single cabins below deck||$500|
|Single share cabins are also available on request, no extra charge|
|Upgrade to above deck cabin||$170|
This tour includes:
Helmets are mandatory and will be available to rent for free aboard ship, however for hygiene reasons we recommend you bring your own.
Not included in the tour price:
* Meals and drinks ashore
* Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain), flat fee for drinking water: 20 Euro/adult
* Entrance fee to individually visited attractions
* Tips for crew and tour guides
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment